Meghan McCain Too Fat?

Meghan McCain, daughter of John, has managed to extend her fame into a 16th minute by antagonizing the likes of Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham, the latter of which retorted that Ms. McCain was “too plus-sized to be a cast member on the television show The Real World.”

McCain then sent out a Twitter alert: “To all the curvy girls out there, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about your body. I love my curves and you should love yours too” and went “The View” to tell Ingraham to, “Kiss my fat ass.” Nice.

McCain’s stance against the ad hominem is dead-on:

Why, after all this time and all the progress feminists have made, is weight still such an issue? And in Laura’s case, why in the world would a woman raise it? Today, taking shots at a woman’s weight has become one of the last frontiers in socially accepted prejudice.

Beyond that — and I’ll be delicate here seeing as how I’m married and McCain was born a few months after I graduated high school — Meghan McCain is, um, not fat and, er, not particularly bad to look at.

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  1. Eneils Bailey says:

    Hey, a hero fighter pilot can tell you:

    “Kiss my fat ass.”

    But, his young daughter should keep her trap shut…if that’s the only newsworthy thing she has to say.

  2. Eneils Bailey says:

    She can out, punched at Coulter and Ingraham; and they punched back.
    Ummmm… a cat fight.
    Can I watch??

  3. John D says:

    Three things come to mind:

    1. I’m disappointed that someone as smart as Laura Ingraham would sink to such a cheap shot.

    2. I’m really disappointed that someone as smart as Laura Ingraham is even remotely familiar with the cast of a show as moronic as The Real World.

    3. Meghan McCain looks just fine. Laura Ingraham should stick to political commentary, and leave appreciation of the female form to the experts.

  4. steve s says:

    Michael Steele pretends “Barack the Magic Negro” is fine, Michelle Malkin defends Japanese internment camps, Ann Coulter says women are too dumb to vote, Laura Ingraham makes fun of a woman’s weight…

    …if you’re a minority, and a member of the GOP, maybe you feel pressure from the old white guys to prove your conservative bona fides by attacking your own minority kind.

  5. tom p says:

    Meghan McCain looks just fine. Laura Ingraham should stick to political commentary, and leave appreciation of the female form to the experts.

    My older brother picked a teeny-tiny girl… my younger brother picked a “big” girl…. Me? I found a skinny little wisp of a thing in the hills and hollers of Shannon Co. I wouldn’t have looked back twice, but I couldn’t lose this girl. She kept up with me ALL day (8 miles of the Ozarks finest)(no trails)

    At any rate, by the end of the day, I was really impressed (little did I know, she had NO idea of how to get back to camp) Six months later I found her again, and we started dating. It took a while, but I eventually got about 15 lbs on her and she is now just about perfect (she thinks she is fat)

    Laura, I know what I like, and I like women with curves. Meghan… You go girl. If Laura dont like it, she can kiss your “fat ass”… if she won’t, I know some who will be more than happy to take her place 😉

  6. Brett says:

    Exactly. I think Meghan looks fantastic – I like women with curves.

  7. Jeffrey W. Baker says:

    Incidentally, Ann Coulter is a man.

  8. Janis Gore says:

    She looks like her mother, Cindy, who I always thought was a good-looking woman, and has access to her money.

    I’d tell people to kiss my ass, too.

  9. markm says:

    Curves..gotta have em’. I don’t know if that pic is current or not but I think she looks pretty healthy…not hard on the eyes at all.

  10. markm says:

    Incidentally, Ann Coulter is a man.

    Dunno about that but she’s got enough neck for two guys. Not a ground feeder at all.

  11. tom p says:

    Dunno about that but she’s got enough neck for two guys. Not a ground feeder at all.

    just had to say markm, “HAHHAAAAHAheeehheeeehheehe…”

    you hit my funny bone with that one.

  12. anjin-san says:

    Well, Meghan McCain looks a hell of a lot better than an anorexic skank like Laura Ingram…

  13. Bill says:

    Dude, Ann Coulter/Laura Ingraham both got beaten so hard with the ugly stick they woke up thinking they were purty (and act like it).

    Ms. McCain shames both of them, particularly the manorexic Ingraham.

  14. steve s says:

    I haven’t followed this stuff too closely, but I object to the use of the term ‘ad hominem’ above. Insulting someone is not necessarily an ad hominem attack. Example:

    “Meghan McCain is fat.” : not ad hominem.
    “Meghan McCain is wrong because she’s fat.” : ad hominem.

    The bit of Inghraham quoted above looks like an insult, but not an ad hominem. (Though, to be clear, I didn’t read the whole thing Ingraham said, just the bit quoted above)

  15. steve s says:

    I’m not going to make fun of Ann Coulter’s looks or Laura Ingraham’s looks because I’m a pretty average looking person myself, but it doesn’t surprise me that a prominent conservative commentator’s idea of a quality argument is “Oh yeah well you’re fat.”

  16. sam says:

    I’ve been trying to find a letter to Ann Coulter that was published a few years back on the advent of her decamping from DC and bitching about the lack of suitable men for her therein. No luck, but I do recall it had a number of bullet point pieces of advice for her. One I remember is:

    Ann, stop injecting your own urine.

    Some advice is timeless.

  17. rodney dill says:

    As per universal health care guidelines, fat/overweight people will be the next targeted group to become second class citizens. They’ll be known as Figgers.

  18. Eric says:

    They’ll be known as Figgers.

    I’m sorry, was this some sort of attempt at “post-racial” humor? Keep your day job, Rodney; you have no future in comedy.

  19. Franklin says:

    I see that Ingraham is doubling-down this morning by calling Meghan a useful idiot.

    /Sarcasm on

    Yeah, real classy and oh-so-intelligent that Laura is. This really makes me respect her opinion.

    /Sarcasm off

  20. Wayne says:

    Meghan is overweight. Some can argue if she is fat or not since the term “fat” can be used in a subjective way. I didn’t find her attractive when I saw her on TV but that is personal taste. My taste in looks is base on looks not the person political positions but “to each their own”.

    It is ironic for those who are upset at Ingraham for calling Meghan fat but then turn around and insult Ann’s and Laura’s looks. Typical liberals, one standard for them and another standard for everyone else.

    FTR I have no problem with people expressing if they find someone attractive or whatnot. It just if you get upset when others do it then you don’t need to be doing it yourself. Those who condemn it when someone you like get attack should condemn it when someone you don’t like get attack.

  21. odograph says:

    If you asked “who would you rather be marooned with on a desert island, I think most people (men and women) would choose Meghan.

    It’s much easier than Ginger or Maryanne.

  22. Wayne says:

    Odograph you have to be kidding?

  23. btenney says:

    Take heart Guys. You are not alone. Lots of men are intimidated by outspoken Women. If this were three men it would be called a spirited debate.
    Meghan has a lot to learn but that comes from participation. Some times when you bite off too much, “kiss my ass is an appropriate response. Just like,”give me a Farking break.
    This is actually the way real people talk.

  24. anjin-san says:

    Lots of men are intimidated by outspoken Women.

    Perhaps. And some of us are just offended by hate mongers…